…once you have gotten to a certain degree of relaxation and ki-flow, then you become aware that, when you pick up a live blade, the attention that you give that blade is a very particular ki-flow, and imagining that live blade as your spine or central channel creates that same ki-flow and is actually an aid to relaxing the other two center channels. Te-gatana is this same ki. And always practising as if you had a live blade is about this same ki-energy in this same place. Aiki-myo-ken. Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi…the sword that
found in the tail of the eight-headed dragon…the purifying jo of the esoteric Kuki priests of the Kumano shrines… Samadhi… the Dragon King….